Dragons galore

Children’s museum hosts latest Second Thursday Creativity Series

Above, this is a main character in the play “Sir Can-a-Lot and the Dragon!” that took place during the latest Second Thursday Creativity Series session at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum. Playing the part of the dragon were Violet Gort, 8, of Gwinn; Raina Doughty, 9, of Skandia; and Nella Alward, 6, of downstate Okemos. (Journal photo by Justin Marietti) Top left, Ava Jennings, 9, of Marquette, creates a special hat during the event. Although the theme was “Dragons,” youngsters in the toddler area created hats commemorating the museum’s 20th anniversary. Bottom left, Maddox Menhennick, 6, of Marquette, makes a dragon out of egg cartons. Below, Jamie Lamb, visiting the area from Omaha, Neb., helps her children, Abigail, 4, and Dean, 9, make edible dragons. (Journal photos by Christie Bleck)

MARQUETTE — They weren’t exactly like the three enormous dragons on the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” but they were dragons nonetheless — even if they were made just out of egg cartons.

“Dragons” was the theme of the latest session in the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum’s Second Thursday Creativity Series.

Young visitors could make edible dragons out of candy, make a dragon collage, have a dragon painted on their faces, make paper dragons, make a dragon out of egg cartons and play with the museum’s real bearded dragons.

A singer also was to provide vocals of “Puff the Magic Dragon,” plus they also could watch the play “Sir Can-a-Lot and the Dragon!”

Volunteer Dara Westwalewicz helped out in the kitchen area, but explained the play.

“The princess is trying to save a prince, but instead of slaying the dragon she’s going to use her smarts and everything to save it,” Dara said.

Ava Jennings, another museum volunteer, had her own fun in the toddler area.

“It’s a dragon party,” she said. “We decided to make little hats like this.”

Those hats commemorated the museum’s 20th anniversary, which it is celebrating this year.

Museum Director Nheena Weyer Ittner seemed to enjoy the theme of dragons, which in literature often are fierce, fire-breathing monsters.

Not this time.

“Dragons are good,” Ittner said.

The next Second Thursday Creativity Series event — which will have the theme of “Magic!” — is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14.

The museum is located at 123 W. Baraga St. For more information, call 906-226-3911 or visit upchildrensmuseum.org.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is cbleck@miningjournal.net.

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